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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 5, 2021

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Queensland Ballet Unveils Iconic 2022 Season

Queensland Ballet Unveils Iconic 2022 Season
Claire Matthews

Queensland Ballet has unveiled its 2022 season, featuring a mix of iconic, well-loved ballets alongside contemporary dances.

From the haunting fairy-tale Giselle to childhood favourite Peter and the Wolf to the passion of Manon and the vibrant contemporary dance Bespoke, Queensland Ballet’s 2022 season will delight audiences young and old.

Next year, Queensland Ballet will celebrate 10 years of leadership under artistic director Li Cunxin. To celebrate, they will present Li’s Choice, a triple bill program of works by Greg Horsman, Natalie Weir, and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. This program will shift between dramatic contemporary, classical and ragtime ballet.

A highlight of the 2022 season will be QB performing MacMillan’s Manon, a tale of desire, possession and wealth that requires high-calibre dancers. Li Cunxin and Mary Li will return to the stage after many years to perform guest character roles together.

We had a quick chat with senior soloist Mia Heathcote at the official 2022 season launch on Tuesday at QPAC, before she had to run off to rehearsals.

Mia said she’s especially excited about performing Manon. “I think the ballet that I’m most looking forward to would be Manon. So that’s part of the piece I was doing today, a scene from that ballet. I think Manon would definitely be one of the most exciting things for next year.”

Despite disruptions to the arts at the moment, Mia said she loves being a professional dancer. “It’s a challenge to be an artist at the moment, but I also feel very lucky that I have that because it gives me something to escape to and I think that’s really important in these times. I love working with Queensland Ballet. It feels like a big family. I enjoy the works that we put on and my colleagues and it’s really lovely.”

For 2022, Mia said audiences have much to look forward to. “I think they can expect a lot of diversity and strong storylines. There’s some modern works, some really different things they haven’t seen before.”

Explore Queensland Ballet’s iconic 2022 season here. Tickets go on sale from Thursday.

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